Nursing home backs down on firing without cause

Termination clause ‘absolutely unacceptable,’ company bargained in bad faith: Union
By Melissa Mancini
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2013

An employer operating a nursing home in Red Deer, Alta., has stepped back from a controversial termination-without-cause clause in a collective agreement, according to the union with which it was engaged in negotiations.

According to a Jan. 29 statement from Symphony Senior Living Aspen Ridge, the company was looking for a without-cause article in the collective agreement.

The Ontario-based company said it was negotiating for the clause with the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) in order to protect the “employer’s ability to remove employees deemed inappropriate, unwilling, or uninterested to care for frail seniors or participate as a respectful team member in situations that don’t fall within obvious ‘for cause’ incidents or situations that ‘fall through the cracks.’ ”